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About anthony*

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  • Birthday October 30

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    Remember when it was called Blizzard App?
  • Discord
  • Origin
    Oh god, would you just die?
  • PlayStation Network
    The land of dirty console peasants.
  • Steam
    The Wild Wild West.
  • Xbox Live
    The land of even dirtier console peasants.

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  • Gender
  • Location
    An [il]logical core.
  • Interests
    When it comes to corporate security, we have to think BeyondCorp.
  • Biography
    2.5% Pet memes.
    7.5% Killing SMB1 on every computer I find.
    15% Loving Microsoft for making Windows Sandbox.
    15% Hating Microsoft for some obscure issue with Hyper-V.
    25% Respectfully yelling at people over their misguided political beliefs.
    35% Loving VS Code for bringing me sanity.
  • Occupation


  • CPU
    Intel i7-8650U.
  • Motherboard
    Definitely custom. Potentially proprietary.
  • RAM
    8GB 1866MHz LPDDR3.
  • GPU
    Intel UHD Graphics 620. Nvidia GTX 1050 w/ 2GB GDDR5.
  • Case
  • Storage
    Samsung PM961 256GB SSD.
  • PSU
    Potentially custom. Probably not proprietary.
  • Display(s)
    Detaches and becomes a Surface Pro 6.
  • Cooling
    Super. Silent.
  • Keyboard
    Satisfyingly chunky feedback. Not very loud.
  • Mouse
    Surface Precision Mouse.
  • Sound
    Inside my head.
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 19h1.

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  1. anthony*

    Linus Torvalds slams CTS Labs

    Conspiracy theorist much? Intel is a company that has done a lot of controversial things in recent memory, but they are not stupid enough to do this. Well... that's not exactly true. If they were desperate enough they could do this, but they really aren't in an overly bad position. Ryzen is basically unknown to the average consumer and is only being purchased by a small number of enthusiasts. So, while their market share is decreasing, we still don't know what Zen 2 - Ryzen 3 - is going to look like - which, in my opinion, will determine the future of AMD in the CPU market - so Intel really isn't in a position where the reward of bashing AMD's name outweighs the risk of making CTS labs and releasing this paper the way they did. It's far more likely - in my opinion - that CTS labs and Viceroy are finically invested in AMD and would benefit from their stock price dropping in the short-term. If my hypothesis is true and they are caught, the US government is going to have a field day with them - in the worst way possible, of course.
  2. anthony*

    Laptop for 1700$

    I want to refrain from any non-flagship notebooks just because your friend is used to the build quality of an "older MacBook" (which I assume is 2012 or newer). If they truly don't care about having the best build quality there are plenty of budget notebook on the market, but I will be focusing on the more premium ones. The XPS 13 is, as always, a great option. The new generation of XPS 13s are thinner and lighter than their predecessors with a far more advanced array of I/O (x2 3-lane Thunderbolt 3, x1 USB 3.1 Type-C, x1 MicroSD). I would recommend this configuration of the XPS 13 9370 [i7 8550U w/ UHD 620 Graphics, 8GB 1866MHz LPDDR3, [upgradeable] 256GB SSD]. If they do any color accurate work I would encourage them to pay unit with an upgraded panel (which you can buy from the Microsoft Store - which, surprisingly, is on sale right now) As I was reading I noticed someone recommended a Razer laptop, how they haven't been banished from the forum is beyond me. Razer has abysmal quality control and their post-purchase support is abominable. If you want your friend to never leave the Apple ecosystem, have him buy any Razer notebook. His terrible experience will guarantee an eternal retrenchment back into the Aluminimalistic world of Apple. If they want to spend 2000USD - or 1800USD with a student discount - plus tax and warranty they can purchase a Surface Book 2. While the GPU may be overkill for your friend, I think he'll find the build quality, screen, speakers, keyboard, etc. to be worth the money. Now, if he doesn't care about having the latest and greatest hardware from Intel (and Nvidia) they could always go for the Surface Laptop or a refurbished Surface Book w dGPU from Microsoft. I won't recommend anything from HP or Lenovo due to privacy concerns. If your friend doesn't care I hear both the HP Spectre x360 and the Lenovo Yoga 920 are fine notebooks.
  3. anthony*

    are max q chips replaceable

    Technically yes, but practically no. All* Max-Q GPUs are soldered to their motherboards, so unless you have some very expensive equipment and experience with BGA soldering it is, for all intents and purposes, irreplaceable. *If it is a MXM card you can replace it, but the MXM boards - which the GPUs are soldered on - are fairly expensive.
  4. I could do that.... but that would be logical.
  5. I just clicked the "view image" button and was redirected to the full resolution image, so this may not apply to everyone. I'm in the US (East Coast) using Microsoft Edge signed into my primary Google Account. https://i.ytimg.com/vi/SfLV8hD7zX4/maxresdefault.jpg
  6. I doubt that Microsoft will actually buy EA. While Microsoft could gain a massive amount of exclusives they would be inheriting all of EA's problems: potential debt, consumer image, history with studios, etc. They'll probably buy the PUBG devs and maybe a large studio, at most.
  7. Since the problem is with the "updater process" I would assume that this only applies to the non-store versions...
  8. anthony*

    Compilation of Ryzen APU reviews

    This doesn't count as tech news... but it's still really useful.
  9. anthony*

    Want Fast RAM? G.Skill has you covered.

    Know what I would also like, lower CAS latency. That would be nice. Man, if the CAS latency was lower and X370 supported this the InfinityFabric would love this.
  10. Imagine the possibilities. What if we could install a new OS onto the Switch? Granted, I have no clue how the UEFI and firmware operate on this particular device, for all we know Nintendo could have implemented their own version of CoreBoot on the device, which would simultaneously make sense and piss a couple of people off. Imagine, if Microsoft decides to support Tegra SOCs in Windows 10, what we could do with the switch... I wouldn't have it any other way.
  11. anthony*

    Business Desktop

    Can you elaborate on how intensive your company's software is?
  12. There's Project Ragtag... Oh... wait...
  13. I thought predatory was the most accurate word to describe the business practice. Oh, Aluminum Tech tends to do all of the news on this forum, he's pretty hard to miss. I do love how I wrote this last night and forgot to post it until a few hours ago and was still the original poster of the article.
  14. Article Star Wars Battlefront II was the spark that would light the fires that would burn EA down... at least that was an optimistic hope. As we know the story wasn't so. EA released Battlefront II with a new innovation in predatory game mechanics, "Throw literally all progression into a randomized loot box system." EA's system made it so credits were given at the same rate to all players, regardless of skill. It would take the average player hundreds of hours to amass enough credits to purchase everything in the game. Now, this generally wouldn't be a problem in a game since the user could purchase what they want, but if everything is up to chance there is a good possibility that you won't get what you desire (oh, and did I forget to mention that you can roll the same item multiple times, even if you already have it). This leads into the ability to purchase loot boxes, the only way to acquire in-game items. Why feel obligated to grind hundreds of hours when you could pay upfront and get a massive dopamine release? Well... that was the idea. Games media and gamers protested in unison with a glorious fury at EA. Some people believed that this was just the beginning of a revolution in the industry, but disagee with that overly optimistic opinion. Instead, I fall in line with what Jim Sterling believes. Over the course of many years we have been getting tired of publishers slowing creeping in more predatory forms of monetization. EA just went ham and did the most outlandish thing possible at the worst moment. So, they were slammed by the media. The players down voted them to hell. Mainstream news outlets covered the story (badly, but they still covered it). Legislators were/are preparing to regulate the industry over this. WORST OF ALL, EA lost investor confidence... and was called by a Disney exec and told to nock it off if they wanted to keep the Star Wars license (not confirmed). So, EA stopped. They removed the ability to buy loot boxes, increased the amount of credits given per match by 25 or 33 percent (but they also increased the cost of heroes by the same amount...), allowed players to play arcade mode for longer intervals and... well... they were making Battlefront II fun. There was one thing that remained, how many units did EA sell? We knew that if the game underperformed EA would bring back some form of post-purchase monetization. I hoped EA would have sold less units, but I - like many - guessed that the average consumer wouldn't have known about the controversy and purchased this game for a loved one for the holidays, so the game would still perform relatively well... and EA would bring back post-purchase micro transactions after the holiday rush. So, guess what they did... We don't know what forms these micro transactions will take, EA could play it safe with cosmetic-only micro transactions or they could do something more insidious. For this game I predict - and hope - that they play it safe. If they try to push the envelope too far - again - it will get very messy for them and their shareholders, and who wants to upset their shareholders? Don't get too hopeful, EA will bring back predatory micro transactions in Battlefront III, it's inevitable. Sources https://www.gamespot.com/articles/star-wars-battlefront-2-underperforms-microtransac/1100-6456447/ https://www.polygon.com/2018/1/30/16952396/star-wars-battlefront-2-sales-loot-boxes-returning https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwityqvP-oTZAhWnxFkKHcY8BD8QtwIILDAB&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DtBU6oJVMF8Q&usg=AOvVaw0w1jchsjNLTVaic5JTc8Lg Edit Yes, I know EA announced that they would eventually bring back MTX. This post is an update on EA... well... bringing them back. They never said when they were bringing them back, so... yeah. Correction: EA sold a little over seven million units and actually projected that they would sell eight million. [3]